About This Event
The Opening of the new Andermatt Concert Hall, a world-class centre for music, by the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Symphony No. 34 in C major, K. 338
Dmitri Shostakovich – Chamber Symphony in C minor, op. 110a (orchestrated by Rudolf Barshai)
Dmitri Shostakovich – Two Pieces for String Octet, op. 11 (version for string orchestra)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Symphony No. 38 in D major, K. 504 “Prague”
Constantinos Carydis – Conductor
The Berliner Philharmoniker, founded in 1882 as a self -governing body, has long been esteemed as one of the world’s greatest orchestras.
Hans von Bülow, Arthur Nikisch and Wilhelm Furtwängler were the orchestra’s first chief conductors, leaving their distinctive mark on the Berliner Philharmoniker in its early years. In 1955 Herbert von Karajan
became the orchestra’s artistic director and, during the ensuing years, worked with the musicians to develop a unique tonal quality and performing style that made the Berliner Philharmoniker famous throughout the world. Claudio Abbado, chief conductor from 1989 to 2002, devised a new type of programming, with increased emphasis on contemporary works, additional chamber music series and concert performances of operas. He was followed by Sir Simon Rattle, who led the orchestra from September 2002 until the end of the 2017/2018 season. During his tenure, the Education Programme of the Berliner Philharmoniker was initiated to ensure that the orchestra reaches a wider and, especially, younger audience. In November 2007, the orchestra and its artistic director Sir Simon Rattle were appointed as UNICEF goodwill ambassadors, the first artistic ensemble to receive this honour.
In 2009, the Digital Concert Hall was launched, an innovative video platform in which concerts of the Berliner Philharmoniker are broadcast live over the Internet and are available as recordings in the video archive. In 2014 the orchestra founded its own label, Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings.
During an orchestra assembly on 21 June 2015, Kirill Petrenko was elected by a large majority of the orchestra members as the new chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker. He takes up his position at the opening of the 2019/2020 season.
The Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation is generously supported by its principal sponsor, the Deutsche Bank.
In Summer 2018 Constantinos Carydis led a new production of Mozart‘s Zauberflöte with Wiener Philharmoniker at the Salzburger Festspiele, in January 2019 he returns for another collaboration to Oper Frankfurt for Handel’s Serse.
Other engagements in the 2018/19 season sees Constantinos Carydis work with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen in concerts at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg as well as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He will lead the Bayerisches Staatsorchester’s Academy Concerts series and conduct the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Bamberger Symphoniker, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester and National Orchestra of Belgium before rounding off the season by making his debut with Berliner Philharmoniker.
Previously he worked with orchestras such as Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, WDR Sinfonieorchester Cologne, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin.
As an opera conductor, Constantinos Carydis has a close working relationship with Bayerische Staatsoper and Oper Frankfurt, he also led productions at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper, Staatsoper Berlin, de Nederlandse Opera, Komische Oper Berlin, Opéra de Lyon and at festivals such as Edinburgh International Festival, Hellenic Festival in Athens, Enescu Festival in Bucharest and Settimane Musicali di Ascona.
Constantinos Carydis was born in Athens. He studied piano and music theory at the Athens Conservatory and completed his studies in conducting at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. In 2011 he was awarded the Carlos Kleiber Prize by the Bayerische Staatsoper.